Baldwin Park Unified officials have announced 20 openings in an innovative independent study program launched this fall that personalizes instruction for students who seek alternative educational approaches or who face challenges in a traditional school setting. The Independent Learning Center (ILC) at Baldwin Park High School provides a rigorous, blended online learning program with flexible hours to ensure students meet graduation requirements. The ILC provides career exploration and preparation as well as social-emotional support. For information, call (626) 960-5431, x3205.
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Baldwin Park Unified has cut water use nearly in half since initiating the first stage of a water conservation plan, and officials are pursuing new efforts that could drop usage levels even lower. The District achieved its water savings by centralizing irrigation operations with a computerized control system, reducing water days and times. In some areas, watering was terminated altogether during the summer months. Water usage dropped 47.1 percent for summer 2015.
The College Board has recognized 104 students at Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park high schools for their success on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, naming 68 student as AP Scholars, 17 as AP Scholars with Honor and 19 as AP Scholars with Distinction. Each honor requires an increasingly stronger performance on exams for the college-level courses. Students who succeed on AP exams show they are ready for the rigors of college, may be allowed to skip some college courses and are more likely to graduate college on time. In 2014-15, 1,579 Baldwin Park Unified students took AP exams – some of them as many as 13.
Six Baldwin Park Unified schools were named in May 2015 as California Gold Ribbon Schools – the state’s highest award for academic excellence – giving the district a win for every application submitted. The awards, which have temporarily replaced the California Distinguished School Program, go to secondary campuses that successfully implement new academic content and performance standards for all students, including English learners, as demonstrated through model programs chosen by the schools.
Baldwin Park Unified’s North Park High School was named a 2015 California Model Continuation School for providing an innovative, student-focused program that boosted student credit completion rates to 97 percent and graduation rates to 92.4 percent in 2013-14. The three-year designation by the California Department of Education is a first for North Park, which serves between 300 and 400 students a year. School leaders slashed the dropout rate to 5.9 percent and cut suspensions/expulsions to 7.9 percent from 28.2 percent in two years.